A notification of a one-member commission to probe the Broadsheet scandal was issued by the federal government despite opposition objections. Justice (retd) Azmat Saeed will have the power to form committees consisting of officers and experts. The commission will scrutinize appointments and agreements.
The appointment has been made under Section 3 of the Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Act, 2017, subject to the following Terms of Reference:
To examine the process of selection and appointment of Trouvons LLC, Broadsheet LLC, and International Asset Recovery Limited (‘IAR’) and execution of Agreements in the year 2000 and To examine the circumstances, reasons and effect of cancellation of Agreements with Broadsheet LLC and IAR in 2003.To identify and determine the reasons and effect of settlement and payments made on behalf of Pakistan to IAR and Broadsheet LLC in 2008, and whether the payments made were justified.To identify the persons or officials responsible for making wrong payment of USD 1.5 million to the wrong person in the year 2008 which was not entitled to receive such payment.To identify as to whether the arbitration proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and subsequent appeal before the High Court of Justice in London regarding Broadsheet LLC were conducted diligently and efficiently.